Around Town

A prom dress giveaway is being organized by Curvy Chick Boutique, 256 Scott Street in Fort Frances. Drop off your gently used prom or bridesmaids dresses, to donate to a student in need. The dresses will be given free of charge, to remove barriers to the experience of prom. Dresses can be dropped off at Curvy Chick untl April 18.

Get a glimpse of the future with the Next-Gen Reality Showcase: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education event. It will take place March 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the SGEI Fort Frances Campus. Various stations, including green screen photo booth, a virtual field trip, driving simulator and Anotomage table. Learn about programs, explore the campus and enter your name for prizes!

Kids and Company will feature the Merry Marching Band, March 20 – In a resolutely modern performance that combines world music with the clown arts, The Merry Band introduces young audiences to brass instruments and even a little body percussion. Show will be at the Townshend Theatre, starting at 6:30. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door. Kids under 3 are free.

Music Bingo hosted by the Kiwanis Club Friday March 22, 6:45 p.m. at the Curl Fort Frances Community Centre.

An All-ages Easter Card making workshop will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. All supplies provided – all ages welcome!

Come out to the Senior Centre to try out Cardio Drumming! Stop by Tuesday, March 26 from 2-3 p.m. to try out something new! Open to anyone aged 55+.

The 10th annual Easter Egg-stravaganza will be Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Collect a map at the Rainy Lake Square and then go to the participating businesses. Return your map by 1 p.m. for prize draws. Bring your Easter basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Volunteers welcome

Tour De Fort’s next show is a double bill featuring the Johnny Max Band and The Weber Brothers. Monday Apr. 8 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Skis Variety, or the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Business Community Expo Apr. 26-27 at the Curl Fort Frances Community Centre.

Calling all trailblazing women entrepreneurs! Join Us for an Unforgettable Evening of Connection and Collaboration: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 5:30 pm Boston Pizza (840 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ontario) This event is FREE but we ask that you register in advance. Hosted by Rainy River Future Development Corporation and PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise About the Event: It’s time to connect, empower, and inspire one another at our interactive Mix & Mingle event. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your journey, this is the perfect opportunity to network, forge valuable connections, and celebrate the spirit of female entrepreneurship.

Save the date for the Ducks Unlimited Fort Frances Dinner. Friday, May 10, 5 p.m. at the Curl Fort Frances Community Centre.

ONGOING EVENTS

Anishinaabewin Maamninendimowin Indigenous Ingenuity – Come celebrate the ever-evolving world of Indigenous Ingenuity with our travelling exhibition, presented by Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North. The exhibition will be at the Fort Frances Museum from March 25 to April 12. Admission is by donation, and it’s fun for the whole family! Visit Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm, with the last entry at 3:00pm.

The Annual “Lenten Fish Fry” is happening every Friday until March 22 at St. Mary’s Church. This event is open to the whole community. Walleye Fish Dinner & all the fixings for $20 Pick Up for Fish Dinners is 4:00 to 4:30 at St. Mary’s Church. Delivery is available. Tickets are available at St. Mary’s Church Office, 209 Victoria Avenue 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday to Friday. Order cutoff is 3 p.m. the Thursday before the meal. For information, call 807-274-5233.

Milo’s Mutts is collecting damaged, unwearable T-shirts. They’ll be turning them into dog toys, which will be sold, with 50 per cent of the profits going towards Ruffcue Dog Rescue. If you have shirts to donate, drop them at the salon, in the back of 1132 Scott Street.

Are you a teen with health questions you’re too embarrassed to ask an adult about? A registered nurse from the Northwestern Health Unit will be hanging out at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre every second Tuesday, from 3-5 p.m. starting February 13, to answer your questions in a safe, private and judgement-free zone.

Stroke Survivors group – meeting the Second Wednesday of every month 10-11 a.m. Let’s have a coffee and talk. A good time to make friends with other people that understand what you’re going through. To register call or text Nathan Galusha 807-271-6262 or Shelly Jones 807-276-1319.

Lego Club at the Library, every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. come build, create and connect. Compete in Lego building challenges, create unique builds and build big!

Tea and Tots, a drop-in play group, runs every second Friday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 605 McIrvine Road, in Fort Frances. Stop by, and make some new friends! Check out the Tea and Tots Facebook page for upcoming dates and other news.

The Winter Recreator is out! Link is available at the Town website or Memorial Sports Centre Facebook page. There’s loads of drop-in Pickle Ball, shinny hockey, public skates, yoga, tai chi, Rec N Crew and kids drop-in programs and upcoming camps. (Even some programs that are free!) Registration has started, but there’s drop in options as well – something for everyone to stay active all winter long.

Drop in shinny hockey and public skating are ongoing. Cost is $3. A waiver needs to be signed for hockey. Check out the full winter schedule on the Memorial Sports Centre facebook page.

STEM Saturday is at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Stop by for STEM-based fun, games and crafts! Anyone under 8 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Dungeons and Dragons will be held Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Age 13+. No previous experience with the game is required, and all supplies provided.

Legion Burgers and Brew – stop by the Royal Canadian Legion Fort Frances Branch for $10 burgers and brew, each Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Tickets will be available for the meat draw as well!

Lions TV BINGO – on Shaw channel 10 every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 cards available from the usual outlets including the Fort Frances Times.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting – Thursdays, 6:30pm at 140-4th St W, Fort Frances. “No addict seeking recovery ever need die from the horrors of addiction.” More info: FortFrancesNA@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch #29 is seeking new members to join their dynamic group of fun, hardworking Ladies. If you would like to know more about this group, please contact Andrea at 275-8912.

Volun-TRY with the Girl Guides! Volun-try is a program that lets adults explore being a Guide leader. Age groups currently overseen are 5-11. Make new friends, have fun, and shape the future for a group of girls. Older groups could start with more leaders! To find out more, contact Monica Armour on Facebook.

The Kiwanis Club is seeking volunteers for the Easter Egg-Stravaganza on March 30! High School students encouraged to sign up – it’s a LOT of fun! To volunteer, reach out to the Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances over Facebook.

The Rainycrest Tuck Shop is accepting donations – The Tuck Shop is open to residents, family, staff and visitors. Great items for donation are things like large stuffed bears, men’s and ladies’ slippers, socks, hats, personal care items, knick knacks, gift items and items for residents to place on their night stands or wall/door. Proceeds from the Tuck Shop go to the Rainycrest Auxiliary, which benefits residents. Donations can be dropped off inside the main entrance, labelled ATTN: Gary Tuck Shop. For more information, call 807-274-9559.

Rainycrest Auxiliary Membership – New members are always welcome and current members are reminded to renew their membership for 2023 dues are $5 per year and can be paid at the Tuck Shop or by calling 274-6954 (Judy) or 271-4114 (Donna).

Meals on Wheels – Seeking volunteer drivers. Contact Nicole Piotrowski at 807-274-3266 ext 4818 or by email n.piotrowski@rhcf.on.ca.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of foster homes, to provide a safe, warm and loving environment to house casts and kittens, while they wait for their forever homes. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information, e-mail bestforkitty@gmail.com, or visit Best for Kitty over Facebook or at bestforkitty.net for more information.